New LNG station open for heavy vehicles

The first of five new liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling stations for heavy vehicles is now open in Victoria

April 12, 2013

The first of five new liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling stations for heavy vehicles is now open in Victoria.

The station is based in Wodonga due to the proximity to the north-south transport corridor along the Hume Highway and transport operators in the region.

It is part of an $8.3 million project that includes the purchase of two LNG fuelled heavy-duty vehicles and tankers for distribution to refuelling sites.

EVOL LNG has kicked in $5.8 million, with the Victorian Government pledging $2.5 million.

"Over time, the use of LNG as transport fuel has become a more attractive option due to reduced particulate, CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions compared with traditional transport fuels," EVOL LNG Business Manager Nick Rea says.

"LNG is also a lower cost fuel in comparison to diesel."

He says the introduction of dual-fuel engine conversion technology has increased the viability of LNG as a fuel of choice for transport operators and that heavy vehicles can operate on diesel and LNG, with no loss of power.

Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan says LNG is locally-produced and has lower and less volatile price movements than diesel.

He says increasing the availability of LNG for the trucking industry requires a significant financial commitment from government.

"Increasing the availability of LNG in Victoria with the necessary refuelling infrastructure means there is now certainty for future users of this emerging alternative transport fuel," Ryan says.

The Victorian Government’s contribution toward the refuelling stations was provided through Regional Development Victoria.

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